DEVELOPMENT OF BIOMASS EQUATIONS FOR RURAL AND URBAN TREES IN NEW JERSEY

Project Details

Description

The proposed project will result in state-of-the-art biomass models for four of the most common urban tree species in New Jersey. The resulting models will permit more accurate and precise estimation of biomass and carbon stored in New Jersey's urban tree population than is currently possible. Proper use of Bayesian methods will permit us to not only develop valid estimates of biomass, but also valid measure of the uncertainty in our estimates. The latter is problematic with existing biomass models. This is a clear and necessary first step in understanding the role of urban tree species in the carbon cycle and global change. Furthermore, by developing an easy to use smart phone app, urban tree managers across the State will be able to easily assess the biomass stored in the trees under their supervision.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/11/136/30/14

Funding

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))

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